Did you feel that? That was Apple blowing in with a torrent of new features for iOS 6 — and knocking down a few apps along the way.
With the addition of maps, offline reading, shared photo streams and the Passbook, Apple is adding features that are already present in many of its apps.
Maps, of course, are the most prominent example of this. It’s the company’s way of encouraging its most faithful users to ask, “Google who?” when plotting routes from now on.
Apple’s in-house Maps app adds a lot of features that have had iPhone users eyeing Android with envy — most notably, turn-by-turn navigation. Now, of course, Siri will also be able to help you with navigation, as well as letting you know what’s nearby with information from Yelp. As with Google Maps, Apple’s program will also show you traffic, update construction and other alerts in real-time and display 3D models of cities. Apple’s Maps may not kill off Google Maps for iOS altogether, but the integration will be hard to beat.